Summary: Examining the need for revival.
Are You Ready For Revival? - Part II
There is a common misconception concerning revival.
Many think that when people are surrendering to Jesus in salvation that a church is experiencing revival. Evangelism and won souls may come after revival. But God does not send revival to the lost, He performs revival among His church. In revival, God does a fresh work in those who have life, yet who have grown weak through sin or neglect.
I would like to share some quotes that go a long way in describing revival:
."Revival is that sovereign work of God in which He visits His own people, restoring and releasing them into the fullness of His blessing." - Robert Coleman
"Revival is a return to spiritual health after a period of decline into sin and broken fellowship with God...
Revival is for God's people when they need to be forgiven and restored to life, spiritual health, and vitality" -Blackaby & King (Fresh Encounter, Lifeway, 1993)
"Revival is an extraordinary work of the Holy Spirit producing extraordinary results." - Richard Owen Roberts
(Quotes retrieved from - http://www.baptiststart.com/print/revival_what_who.html)
Background: Let’s take a moment and see how we arrived at this point.
In the first part of this sermon we examined the events in the life of the Children of Israel.
They had faced several intense attacks from the Philistines.
On one occasion Israel lost 4,000 men
On another the Philistines slew 30,000
The Philistines seized the Ark of the Covenant
Eli, his sons and his daughter-in-law died.
After a series of devastating plagues the Philistines thought it best to return the Ark to the people of Israel.
The Ark remained in the house of Abinadab for a period of 20 years
After an extended period of time Israel came to their senses and desired to return unto the Lord.
They sought counsel from their leader Samuel and took the proper steps to return to the Lord.
This morning we looked at these events and asked the question “Are You Ready For Revival”? Through the scriptures we saw:
I. The Recipients Of Revival
II. The Requirements For Revival
The recipients of revival are the people of God. We saw in the life of the Children of Israel that God desires to bring revival to His people.We also looked at what is required before we can experience revival. 1 Samuel 7:3 And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.
In this verse we saw 3 things that are required for revival :
A. There Must Be a Realization - We must realize our sinful condition.
B. There Must Be a Removal - We must remove anything that we have placed between us and God
C. There Must Be a Resolve - We must turn from our man made idols and SERVE THE LORD ONLY!
After considering the Recipients and Requirements of Revival we briefly examined some of the Results of Revival. It is that thought that I would like to consider this evening. SO join me as we continue to answer the question “Are You Ready For Revival”
I. The Results Of Revival
Before we get to the results of revival, I would like to read what C.H Spurgeon had to say about revival. "We need a work of the Holy Spirit of a supernatural kind, putting power into the preaching of the Word, inspiring all believers with heavenly energy, and solemnly affecting the hearts of the careless, so that they turn to God and live. We would not be drunk with the wine of carnal excitement, but we would be filled with the Spirit. We would behold the fire descending from heaven in answer to the effectual fervent prayers of righteous men. Can we not entreat the Lord our God to make bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the people in this day of declension and vanity?"
There are many different results that will be seen when God’s people experience revival. Tonight we will see 6 of them. I want to begin with the fact that:
A. The Lord Will Hear Your Prayers - v7 ¶And when the Philistines heard that the children of Israel were gathered together to Mizpeh, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the children of Israel heard it, they were afraid of the Philistines. 8 And the children of Israel said to Samuel, Cease not to cry unto the LORD our God for us, that he will save us out of the hand of the Philistines.